SPRINGFIELD - Hot weather continued last week with scattered rain providing much needed moisture in parts of the state, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report for Illinois.
Wheat harvesting has picked up over the past week. Statewide, the average temperature was 78.4 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.01 inches, 0.10 inches above normal. There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 26.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 7 percent very short, 21 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 4 percent very short, 19 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.
Corn silking reached 4 percent, compared to 6 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Soybeans emerged was at 94 percent, up 6 percentage points from last week. Soybeans blooming reached 7 percent. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 14 percent excellent.
Winter wheat harvest jumped to 76 percent complete, up 38 percentage points from last week. Winter wheat condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Oats headed was at 90 percent. Pasture and range condition was rated at 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.